yeah, That's riight
west coast, west coast
uh, California Love
Although Tupac is being somewhat obtuse, I think he is attempting to articulate that national cultural trends often manifest themselves first in California.
Political scientists have a different phrase for it: As California goes, so goes the nation.
And While Governor Brewer's people are still wearing their game face while they push her tax initiative at the capitol, Arnold's California debacle has terminated what little chance she had of getting a tax increase on the ballot. Put simply everyone who isn't sniffing the rarefied air of the 9th floor knows that if California voters--who gave Obama 61% of the vote to McCain's 37% a mere five months ago--rejected Arnold's tax plan, there's no way Arizona voters are going to approve a $1 billion annual sales tax increase..even if they are assured that it's "temporary."
Californians were offered a choice--$20 billion in cuts or $20 billion in tax increases, and the increases had wonderful names like "Education Funding Payment Plan" and "Children's Services Funding" which lost by 63% and 65% respectively.
Here's how the Examiner put it.
A title wave is headed to the shores of the golden state. However, the wave is a $21.3 billion deficit. The years of over spending met their fate yesterday with a thumping at the voting booths. All five of the budget-related propositions 1A-E were voted down by a 2-1 margin. The only measure to pass was the "feel good proposition" 1F a no pay increase for legislators during a deficit spending year.
So while Team Brewer continues to insist that Legislative leaders send a $1 billion annual sales tax increase to the ballot as part of her budget "solution," everyone else at the capitol knows that there's no way it would pass. After that debacle, the budget would not only be in much worse shape, but also voters would likely take their wrath out on the politicians who punted the issue to the ballot.
Legislators know that if they follow Brewer's plan, not only will it fail, but there's a good chance that many of them will be find themselves unable to quote the Terminator's most famous line..."I"ll be Back."